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Saturday, December 27, 2014

October 10 - This Day in History

October 10: General Interest
1985: Achille Lauro hijacking ends

The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody... read more

American Revolution
1775 : Howe named commander in chief of British army

1987 : Whitesnake's iconic video features Jaguars

Civil War
1862 : Confederate General Magruder is sent to Texas

Cold War
1957 : President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to African diplomat

1991 : A former postal worker commits mass murder

1780 : Great Hurricane ravages West Indies

General Interest
732 : Battle of Tours

1845 : Birth of the U.S. Naval Academy

1970 : October Crisis in Canada

1973 : Vice President Agnew resigns

2004 : Superman Christopher Reeve dies at age 52

1881 : Darwin publishes work on mold and worms

1935 : Porgy and Bess, the first great American opera, premieres on Broadway

Old West
1877 : Custer's funeral is held at West Point

1951 : Truman signs Mutual Security Act

1957 : Braves beat the Yanks to win World Series

Vietnam War
1965 : 1st Cavalry Division commences operations

1969 : U.S. Navy transfers vessels to South Vietnamese

World War I
1916 : Eighth Battle of the Isonzo

World War II
1944 : Eight hundred children are gassed to death at Auschwitz
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